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Oracle Programs New Windows Support

Oracle has issued a toolkit to help Microsoft programmers use Visual Studio .NET 2003 software to write Oracle Database 10g applications on the Windows operating system.

Released as a beta, Oracle Developer Tools for Visual Studio .NET is a software plug-in that provides better integration between Oracle's database and Visual Studio .NET, the Redmond, Wash., software giant's popular development platform.

Oracle and Microsoft are fierce rivals in the database market, as Microsoft's SQL Server competes with Database 10g. Still, they have made working together a priority to benefit customers, many of whom use software from both companies. Oracle's database already works with 32-bit and 64-bit Windows Server 2003.

"The [plug-in] highlights the commitment to meet the needs of mutual customers and the Oracle/Windows development community," Oracle said in a statement, underscoring the competitive cooperation.

The production version of Oracle Developer Tools for Visual Studio .NET is slated for the second quarter.

The release of the plug-in revisits Oracle's May 2004 promise to improve the way its software works with the leading platform of one of its biggest rivals, by joining the Microsoft Visual Studio Industry Partner (VSIP) program.

Oracle later announced that Oracle Database 10g Release 2, scheduled for a mid-2005 release, would include Oracle Database Extensions for .NET. This will consist of .NET support via stored procedures implemented using common language runtime.

The added support will make it possible for developers to write .NET stored procedures and deploy them within an Oracle database without having to write PL/SQL commands. This cuts down on the time it takes for developers to write .NET applications.

The news comes against a backdrop of Microsoft's VSLive! 2005 developer show in San Francisco this week. At the show, Microsoft executives provided color for developments in the company's Longhorn subsystem Avalon and its service-oriented architecture (SOA) programming model, called Indigo.